Dr. Katelyn Knox, who received her Ph.D. from the UCLA Department of French & Francophone Studies in 2013, has been announced winner of the 7th Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award competition. Dr. Knox received the award for best conference paper submitted by a junior colleague in the field of contemporary French and Francophone civilization and cultural studies. The competition, organized by Contemporary French Civilization (CFC), an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of the French-speaking cultures throughout the world, released an announcement about Dr. Knox’s essay, which can be read below:
Congratulations to Dr. Katelyn Knox (University of Central Arkansas) for her essay, “‘Sampling’ African-American Popular Music in Afropean Literature: Archive, Genealogy, and Intermedial Form,” in which she examines the circulation of African-American cultural forms and their presence in Afropean literary works in the context of Gilroy’s theoretical framework of the Black Atlantic. She pays special attention to the hip-hop technique of sampling and how it is deployed in two novels (Léonora Miano’s Blues pour Elise and Insa Sané’s Daddy est mort…). Knox’s methodology reveals how the novels in question use music to chart alternative Afropean cultural genealogies that supplement — or at times overwrite — their protagonists’ troubled literal genealogies. Above all, she is interested in what happens to African-American musical works when they migrate between the United States and France and when they migrate between media (sound to print). The award recipient has been invited to publish an expanded version of the winning essay, after further peer review, in a forthcoming issue of CFC. For more information about our winning author, please visit her UCA faculty page or her personal website.
The UCLA Department of French & Francophone Studies congratulates Dr. Knox on this great achievement!